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Endocrinology receives award from T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative

The Children's Mercy Kansas City Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes has been honored with the QI Team award from the T1D Exchange Quality Improvement Collaborative (QIC).

QIC brings together 41 clinics across the U.S. that treat over 55,000 individuals with type 1 diabetes. QIC member clinics share data via the T1D Quality Improvement platform to measurably improve the lives of individuals with type 1 diabetes. Once a year the organization recognizes members of the collaborative with an award to celebrate their accomplishment and contributions.

“Congratulations on receiving the T1D Exchange Best QI Team 2021 award,” said Dr. Osagie Ebekozien, Chief Medical Officer and EVP of the T1D Exchange. “T1D Exchange gives this award to recognize a well-rounded team with diverse team roles, good camaraderie and the ability to scale QI work within your organization. We are thrilled to present this award to Children’s Mercy to continue working at its highest capacity, supporting peer sites and inspiring others to track necessary diabetes device measures that support better diabetes outcomes.

Dr. Ebekozien added, “We reviewed multiple criteria in evaluating the most outstanding team this year. Children's Mercy undoubtedly was exceptional in all of the categories we evaluated and from our conversations with your peers,” said Dr. Osagie Ebekozien, Chief Medical Officer and EVP of theT1D Exchange. ”We are grateful for your contribution to making other teams and the T1Dx-QI network stronger. Your team is deserving of this recognition, and we are honored to have you lead in ongoing quality improvement, data use, team engagement and scaling improvement efforts.”

The Children's Mercy Endocrinology and Diabetes Division, one of the Collaborative’s pilot sites, is one of the largest full-service programs in the country, recognized for being at the forefront of diabetes prevention, treatment and research and providing patients access to a full range of care and support services to help them lead healthy lives.

By actively participating in the Collaborative, clinicians and the professional staff who support them can identify areas of unmet need in their clinic and make small changes in care. These changes are then scaled up to create best practices that are shared with other QIC clinics.

Over a two-year period, the Collaborative has seen significant success in improving patient care, including:

  • 15% increase in the acceptance and use of continuous glucose monitoring, with some clinics achieving over 25%
  • 64% increase in depression screening
  • Overcoming barriers to tighter blood sugar control and monitoring, such as fears of hypoglycemia

Learn more about the collaborative at https://t1dexchange.org/


Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an independent, non-profit, 390-bed pediatric health system, providing over half a million patient encounters each year for children from across the country. Children’s Mercy is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in all ten specialties. We have received Magnet® recognition five times for excellence in nursing services. In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, our faculty of nearly 800 pediatric specialists and researchers is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and educating the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. The Children’s Mercy Research Institute (CMRI) integrates research and clinical care with nationally recognized expertise in genomic medicine, precision therapeutics, population health, health care innovation and emerging infections. In 2021 the CMRI moved into a nine-story, 375,000-square-foot space emphasizing a translational approach to research in which clinicians and researchers work together to accelerate the pace of discovery that enhances care.